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Singaporeans enjoy the best mobile network and app coverage experience

Zafirah Salim | June 22, 2015
The latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows that Singapore has the fastest download speeds across South East Asia and Oceania allowing delivery of data-intensive applications, such as video streaming.

Singapore leads in South East Asia and Oceania when it comes to downlink performance and app coverage, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.

It is also revealed that the fastest peak speeds in the region are also found in Singapore. In addition, Ericsson's June 2015 report indicates that the positive effect of expanded LTE coverage and increased spectrum allocation for LTE, started last year by the major carriers, continued to yield benefits in download speeds over the last quarter.

With the ongoing introduction of LTE carrier aggregation by operators, a further boost in speeds is expected throughout 2015 as more devices that support the standard become commercially available.

Ericsson's analysis of data from Ookla shows that data-intensive applications, such as video streaming, could easily be delivered by mobile networks in Singapore and Australia.

"As users discover new ways to consume data, it will be of greater importance for service providers to be able to fulfill that demand," said Nicholas Seow, President of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei.

People using mobile devices in Singapore are now experiencing median download speeds in excess of 20 Mbps and peak download speeds of 70 Mbps - these are higher than any other country in the region.

Together with Australia, Singapore is one of the most mature ICT markets in the region with LTE widely available, a high mobile broadband penetration exceeding 90 percent, leading with innovations such as FDD/TDD LTE Carrier Aggregation and LTE Broadcast trials, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) widely available in the country.

"With growth in smartphone subscriptions continuing, operators will need to focus on network performance to ensure quality of user experience. These strong results are supported by the investment in LTE networks by Singapore," said Seow.

WhatsApp the top mobile app among Singaporeans

Social networking, instant messaging, and video streaming are among the top five app categories actively used by smartphone users in the region.

WhatsApp emerged as the top smartphone app in Singapore, followed by Facebook and YouTube. However, in Australia, Facebook is revealed to be the leading smartphone app used. Meanwhile, Indonesians regarded Blackberry Messenger (BBM) as the leading instant mobile messaging app, while Thais prefer LINE.

According to Ericsson, operators are faced with users' expectations for instantaneous, reliable access to their apps, wherever they are. To provide for this, operators need new ways of assessing both performance and the quality of the user experience.

"With the performance of streaming becoming more significant as users consume music and videos on-the-go, it makes sense for operators to ensure such services can be delivered throughout the coverage area," concluded Seow.


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